Six family members of the two Seattle brothers accused of killing University of Idaho football player Eric McMillan have been indicted on perjury charges.
MOSCOW, Idaho — Six family members of the two Seattle brothers accused of killing University of Idaho football player Eric McMillan have been indicted on perjury charges.
Latah County Prosecutor William Thompson Jr. said the indictments include a count against one of the individuals for accessory to first-degree murder.
Thompson said the grand jury finished its work yesterday, but his office was still trying to piece together a motive for what could ultimately be a senseless death resulting from mistaken identity.
“We know what happened, but we don’t know if it was an intended victim,” Thompson said.
Brothers Matthew R. Wells II, 27, and James J. Wells, 25, both of Seattle, already have been charged with conspiracy and first-degree murder in the shooting.
Thomas J. Riggins, 23, a nephew of the Wells brothers from Kent, has been charged with conspiracy and being a principal to first-degree murder.
Others now charged in the new indictments are: Matthew Raydon Wells Sr., 63, of Seattle, the father of the Wells brothers; brothers Emmanuel Ray Wells, 40, of Fircrest, Anthony Lafar Wells, 38, of SeaTac, and Aaron B. Wells, 22, of Pullman; Mashere Harrison-Wells, 26, of Fircrest, wife of James Wells; and Angela C. Brown, 25, of Pullman, a Washington State University student and the girlfriend of Aaron Wells.
All are charged with various counts of perjury.
Additionally, Aaron Wells has been indicted on a charge of accessory to first-degree murder. According to court records, he allegedly withheld knowledge “that his brothers, Matthew Wells and/or James Wells had killed Eric McMillan.”
All six new defendants have been arrested in King County, according to court documents, with bonds set from $5,000 to $25,000.
Thompson said he’s received word that none of the six plan to fight extradition.
Most of the counts in the indictments deal with allegations of lying during grand jury testimony about where Matthew and James Wells were on the day of the shooting, knowledge about cell phone numbers and calls, denials about requesting the Wells brothers come to the Moscow-Pullman area, and denials about knowing of Riggins’ activities and whereabouts on Sept. 19.
Also yesterday, the Washington State Court of Appeals denied a motion that would have stayed James Wells’ extradition to Idaho, clearing the way for him to join his brother in Moscow to face charges.
Thompson has said he wants to try the three together.
Matthew and James Wells, along with Riggins, face potential life sentences if convicted. Perjury has a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison and a $50,000 fine, while accessory to murder is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
McMillan, a starting freshman cornerback, was shot when he opened the door to his apartment. He managed to seek help from a neighbor and was driven to Gritman Medical Center, but died about 11 hours later.
The Wells brothers were arrested near Vantage, Wash., after the two allegedly led police on a 140-mile high-speed chase.
Thompson said investigators continue to probe reports of an altercation the night before the shooting that may have triggered a revenge motive.